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Local Policies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction

November 1, 2016

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President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement is a clear shirking of responsibility on behalf of the federal government, but across the country, organizers, activists, mayors, governors and others are only increasing their commitment to the principles of the agreement. Mayors and their cities have many ways to contribute to sound climate policy and carbon reduction. Here we introduce some of the key ways that cities can make a difference in the face of federal inaction. 


Important Local Government Roles

In the policy and program examples that follow, these tools come up again and again, in different ways.

Design and build infrastructure, including:

  • Streets
  • Transit
  • Water supply and delivery
  • Sewer
  • Stormwater
  • Urban forest
  • Energy supply (in some cases)

Enforce and implement state policy, including:

  • Building codes
  • Land use planning
  • Transportation infrastructure and planning

Funding and Financing, including:

  • PACE
  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Other incentives